Bill Polian does not believe that Terrell Owens belongs in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Many other NFL folks feel the same way.
Polian, however, upped the ante Tuesday, saying that Randy Moss doesn’t deserve to be in Canton, either.
“Frankly, I’m pretty shocked,” CBS Sports NFL senior writer Will Brinson said on CBS Sports Radio’s The Doug Gottlieb Show. “I understand the vitriol for Terrell Owens a little bit in that the stuff he did – at times even when it was happening – seemed to pull apart from his teammates and pull apart from his team. And I get that Randy Moss once pulled his pants down at Lambeau Field, but come on. You can watch Randy Moss play, and he is the quintessential Hall of Famer. He was the best to do it when he did it, and he put up the numbers over a long enough period of time that it’s easy to say he’s one of the best to ever play the game. At least if you’re going to take this argument, go to the crowded island with the old people who don’t want Terrell Owens in the Hall. Don’t be on this weird island by yourself against Randy Moss. That’s a very bizarre take to make. But I disagree wholeheartedly with him. Bill Polian is a smart football guy, but I couldn’t think he’s more wrong. I think both guys should absolutely be Hall of Famers.”
Moss caught 982 balls for 15,292 yards and 156 touchdowns during his illustrious career. He is now an NFL analyst for ESPN – along with Polian.
“From that perspective, (Polian is) certainly making it awkward at work,” Brinson said. “I think if that’s your opinion, you should be willing to state it – and I give him credit for that because it’s not a popular opinion. But I just cannot fathom how someone looks at Randy Moss and says, ‘He didn’t work hard. He didn’t try hard.’ Randy Moss, he was very athletically gifted and that benefitted him tremendously, but this is also a guy who was a really, really good football player. It’s just hard to look at Randy Moss’ body of work and not think he’s an immediate Hall of Famer.”
In other news, the Pittsburgh Steelers placed their franchise tag on Le’Veon Bell, who had 1,884 total yards in 12 games this past season. Brinson called it a “smart move” by the Steelers, who may be able to sign Bell, 25, to a long-term deal that is more franchise-friendly. From Bell’s standpoint, some long-term security is better than none.
“To me, it makes a lot of sense for Bell to sign that deal,” Brinson said, “and it makes a lot of sense of the Steelers to apply that leverage by placing the franchise tag on him.”
Sticking with running backs, Brinson believes that Adrian Peterson, who has played his last game as a Viking, would be a great fit with the Raiders or Buccaneers. Oakland, which made the playoffs this year for the first time since 2002, is an especially compelling landing spot.
“You got a great offensive line there, (and) they’re going to be losing Latavius Murray into free agency,” Brinson said. “Oakland makes a lot of sense. They’d like to be a more power-back team (and) kind of ease Derek Carr back from his injury.”